The value of the Syrian Lira has fallen dramatically since Bashar’s 10 November speech.
It was his most defiant and non-concilliatory speech since he became President. He said Syria would resist, and would co-operate with the UN grudgingly, and called Lebanese PM a ‘slave’. Many commentators think he was preparing the country for sanctions.
So there has been a massive and sudden exodous of Syrian money out of the country. That forced the value of the Lira down.